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Old Friday 19th June 2015, 20:12   #1
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Lightroom: Creative cloud vs Standalone

I have an old version of PSE on my desktop PC, but I am thinking of taking the plunge and changing to Lightroom.

Are most people subscribing to the Creative Cloud version of LR? Or, are most folks still buying (or updating) the Standalone version of LR?
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Old Saturday 20th June 2015, 14:33   #2
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I moved over to Lightroom 5.7 in January since when I have hardly (no more than once or twice) used PSE. For that reason I'm going to stick with the stand alone version. Creative Cloud is 8.50 per month and just one year's subscription will more than pay for the latest version of Lightroom. If you think that you will still need to make regular use of PSE then Creative Cloud starts to look a little more attractive but even then only if you regularly update and fork out for new software.

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Old Tuesday 30th June 2015, 11:26   #3
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Hi.

I have used both version, and up until the last update I would not have said there was much between them, but when Adobe released its last update to lightroom CC you got a few extra fetcher i.e.. haze remove or add that the stand alone does not have, so I would go for the subscription model, plus you will also get any new version when they come out.
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Old Wednesday 8th July 2015, 12:28   #4
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I'm also using the Photographers Program subscription model. The cost is relatively low - especially compared to periodic upgrades. The updates so far have been well worth the investment - particularly LR6/LRCC. LR does a very good job of continuous updates to the program. The editing functions are getting better, and new features such as support for HDR and Panoramas have been positives.
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Old Wednesday 12th August 2015, 21:04   #5
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I personally am one of those who refuse to pay a monthly subscription. People keep saying it's a bargain but it's not quite a simple as that.

As I understand it (and subscription users can tell me if I'm wrong), the basic monthly cost in the UK is around 17 a month? But this is only for one of the software packages - in your case Lightroom. It's then 45 for all the packages including Photoshop. For the cost of the cheapest option, you could have paid for Lightroom in around 8 months. Again, apologies if I have this wrong.

The problem I have is that I have enough monthly bills coming in without adding yet another. I go through periods where sometimes I'm doing well financially, in which case I will make a purchase such as a new lens, camera or software pack which I then expect to last years and other times I'm not doing so well when I then often have to make cut backs, such as monthly costs which I can do without. Recently I've had to do the latter in which case, had I had a subscription, I would have had to got rid of it. Fortunately I have brought Lightroom (an earlier version) and a much earlier version of Photoshop of which, since moving over to a Mac computer I've needed to replace. Luckily Affinity Photo has just been released which I got for 30 and is a genuine replacement.

I've noticed you mention PSE which I wouldn't have thought a natural comparison to Lightroom. Have you thought of getting the latest version of Paintshop Pro? or even Adobe Photoshop Elements 13? Both should be under 100.
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Old Thursday 13th August 2015, 12:05   #6
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Hi.

I have used both version, and up until the last update I would not have said there was much between them, but when Adobe released its last update to lightroom CC you got a few extra fetcher i.e.. haze remove or add that the stand alone does not have, so I would go for the subscription model, plus you will also get any new version when they come out.
There are some workarounds that allow the Dehaze feature to be used in the standalone version. e.g. https://cutthruthefog.wordpress.com/lightroom-6-dehaze/ or http://prolost.com/blog/dehaze
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Old Thursday 13th August 2015, 12:49   #7
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The Adobe Photography Plan which includes Lightroom and Photoshop CC costs 6.98, which makes the breakeven cost for LR only in the 20-22 month range. At that price, you cover the likely life of both LR and Photoshop since there will be a likely upgrade within that time. The subscription plan covers updates for any new camera, as well as new program updates and enhancements.

http://www.adobe.com/uk/creativecloud/photography.html

Lightroom is an outstanding program and continues to improve. Sure there are lots of choices and alternatives at lower costs, but LR is by far the leader in market share. That means if you need help, want free or paid training, or want to work with common plugins, LR is likely to provide much more support.
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